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Closeup of Babbage Difference Engine #2 | by Larry Johnson
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Closeup of Babbage Difference Engine #2

Working Babbage Difference Engine #2 - London Museum of Science

 

From Wikipedia:

Based on Babbage's original plans, the London Science Museum constructed a working Difference Engine No. 2 from 1989 to 1991, under Doron Swade, the then Curator of Computing. This was to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Babbage's birth. In 2000, the printer which Babbage originally designed for the difference engine was also completed. The conversion of the original design drawings into drawings suitable for engineering manufacturers' use revealed some minor errors in Babbage's design, which had to be corrected. Once completed, both the engine and its printer worked flawlessly, and still do.

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Taken on August 18, 2010